If you purchased a domain for your Blogger blog (either explicitly setup using "Advanced Settings", or setup for you by "Buy A Domain"), you can have your own email addresses - up to 200 of them - as part of your Google Apps custom domain account.
If you already own a domain, and have DNS control, you can setup Google Apps for an existing domain. This is a very useful solution, if you're publishing a Blogger blog to a custom domain, in an existing corporate domain.
With a properly setup Google Apps style custom domain, just login to Google Apps. From the Google Apps Dashboard, select "Settings". In the "Services" menu on the left, select "Email", and you'll see the "Email settings" wizard.
Click the link for "Email".
- The default URL for reading my Google Apps email is "mail.nitecruzr.net". Yours will be similar, or you can change the URL if you wish.
- Setup a default email handling process, either to discard improperly addressed email, or forward it to a specific mailbox in the domain.
- Then, click the link for "Instructions on how to activate email".
Activating email isn't complicated.
- Create user accounts. Who do you want to get email?
- Setup email delivery at your DNS Host. You'll use the Domain Manager wizard of your DNS Host, just as you did when you setup the custom domain itself. Select your DNS host from the pull down list in the next screen, for detailed instructions. If you used "Buy A Domain", these settings may already be in place.
It's just like having your own email server, without so much of the work.
Having setup your personal domain email, you can use the Google Apps desktop to read the email. Or, you can forward the email to your GMail account, if you like the GMail desktop better.